'Jon & Kate' plus lawyers and a courtroom appearance

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'Jon & Kate' plus lawyers and a courtroom appearance

Mon Oct 05, 2009 @ 09:42AM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Jon-kate-plus8 The bickering between Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the hit TLC show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," appears to be headed to court.

Last week, after Jon decided on "Larry King" that having his kids appear on television wasn't a great idea, his lawyer Mark Heller sent out word that no TLC production crews were to enter Jon's family home for any reason. A sign was posted on the gate of the home, and TLC took the hint to shut down filming.

But many family lawyers, including Kate's  attorneys, believe the decision of whether to let TLC shoot should be left to the children's main custodian. 

On "Today" this morning, Kate's lawyer Mark Mornjian said: "These two parties entered into an agreement once the divorce action was filed that allowed each parent that had physical custody of the children to make the filming decisions when the children were with them."

Kate also has hired TMZ and Gawker penpal Marty Singer to go after Jon and his lawyer. In a letter, Singer attacks Jon for draining a joint account of all but $1000 and cites a New York Supreme Court disciplinary sanctioning of Heller.

The parties will be in court tomorrow over the account, but the stage appears to be set for Kate's representatives to argue she deserves full custody and decision-making ability for the kids. If TLC resumes shooting, will Jon be part of the show at all? 

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